New Routes, Old Roots is an arts-based research hub, located within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University. We work with artists, schools, museums, community groups, and members of the public across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in order to explore, and raise awareness of, historical and contemporary experiences of exile and migration heritage through the arts. We do this through a variety of arts-based activities and events including:

  • Readings and performances by contemporary poets, fiction writers, dramatists, songwriters, illustrators, filmmakers and other creative practitioners.
  • Public-facing seminars, symposia and conferences that bring together researchers, creative practitioners, schoolchildren, third parties, and policy makers.
  • Community Arts Projects and community engagement events in local, third sector and international organisations, schools, libraries, colleges and museums
  • Occasional publication of scholarly and creative writing.

Our approach is cross-disciplinary and collaborative, and we welcome enquiries from groups, institutions and individuals who would like to suggest activities and events, and participate in events we are already planning.

For further information on the unit and how you can contribute to this very important area of research please email:  Dr Jeannette Baxter at the following address: